Chelsea striker Loic Remy could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after just one season after opening talks with London rivals West Ham United over a surprise summer transfer.
TalkSPORT cites a report from French radio station RMC, which suggests the 28-year-old talisman is on the move again, bringing an abrupt end to his affiliation with the recently crowned Premier League champions.
Remy linked up with Jose Mourinho in west London after the Blues activated the £10.5 million release clause written into his Queens Park Rangers contract last year, but is now ready to turn his back on the Portuguese tactician following an enquiry from the Hammers.
The recent appointment of Croatian coach Slaven Bilic as successor to Sam Allardyce at Upton Park has presumably caught the France international's attention and made a move across the English capital seem like an attractive proposition.
West Ham have been given permission by Chelsea to open negotiations with the want-away marksman to determine whether or not he is interested in securing more regular first-team football with the east Londoners after spending the majority of the 2014/15 campaign watching on from the substitutes' bench.
The fine form of £32 million signing Diego Costa since signing from Atletico Madrid during the same window has meant that Remy has been forced to settle for a bit-part role in the Chelsea team, causing him to grow increasingly frustrated.
If the Frenchman gives the thumbs-up to a shock switch then the two clubs will endeavour to reach agreement over a transfer fee, or else might be forced to negotiate a season-long loan deal.
Mourinho would probably prefer to cash-in on Remy permanently in order to raise more funds to reinvest in his playing squad, with several potential acquisitions already being touted in the media ahead of the reopening of the summer transfer window.
It remains to be seen whether West Ham would be willing to match the £90,000-a-week wages that the journeyman currently earns at Chelsea, and that's where Remy's desire to secure more frequent minutes will be tested if he has to take a pay-cut to do so.
Chelsea fans: Would you be sad to see Loic Remy leave Stamford Bridge this summer? If he goes to West Ham, who do you want to see Jose Mourinho replace the French striker with? Have your say in the comment box below...
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